After last year’s dreadful The Watch, a few Judd Apatow misfires and plenty of one-joke gross-out comedies this year, I didn’t expect much from an end-of-the-world Apatow flick. It sounds more like an SNL skit. But this movie plays the apocalypse (fairly) seriously which sets up more laughs than I expected.
And more brilliantly, Apatow uses that storyline to keep this talented comic troupe (each playing a version of themselves) boarded up in a house — giving them the opportunity to play off of each other for most of the two hours.
And since those held hostage together are Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride, it’s a 2013 comedy that is worth seeing on the big screen.
Simply put: See this apocalyptic comedy now
Award potential: None.
The ten buck review: Worth the theater. Worth ten bucks.